The IMS girls basketball team dropped its sixth game of the season to Winfield Mount-Union, 25-40.
IMS struggled to connect on open shots throughout the first quarter, while Winfield went on to put up eleven. The small squad went on to find a bit more success in the second quarter offensively, but couldn’t get stops on the defensive end to start eating away at the deficit. IMS went into the locker room down 9-21 at the half.
“This was a very sloppy first half,” head coach Kari Heusinkveld said. “We weren’t able to find any kind of flow on the offensive end, and our focus on the defensive side of the ball just wasn’t there. We knew we needed to pick up the defensive intensity in the second half and get better movement in our offensive sets.”
IMS came out with a solid defensive effort in the third quarter, holding Winfield to just six points. The girls cut the lead to 10 several times in the third quarter, but weren’t able to pull the game within single digits. Winfield went on to put up 13 in the fourth quarter and closed out the game at the free throw line.
“This one hurts,” Heusinkveld said. “I don’t think we quite understand how to bring the intensity and focus every night. If you don’t bring those two things, you don’t set yourself up for success.”
Suzanna Yoder led IMS with 10 points. Junior Alyssa Hershberger added six points while classmate Rachel Miller had a team high five assists.
IMS returns to action next Tuesday, December 20th at home against Louisa-Muscatine. Tipoff is set for 6pm.